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#MSCOVID19: adenoviral vector vaccines

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★ You may have heard that the FDA has suspended dosing of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine as they have identified 6 cases of thrombosis in young woman similar to that described below with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine (see articles below).  It looks like the complication may therefore be due to the vectors, i.e. adenoviruses, rather than the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein...

Russian Roulette

If you were invited to play Russian roulette would you do it with COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccine? Russian roulette is a lethal game of chance; you place a single round in a revolver, you spin the cylinder, place the muzzle of the gun against your head before pulling the trigger in hope that the loaded chamber does not align with the firing pin, which would cause the revolver to fire and kill...

#MSCOVID19: transverse myelitis is not a reason to avoid being vaccinated

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★ I am getting an increasing number of emails and direct messages on social media platforms about the transverse myelitis (TM) risk and COVID-19 vaccines; in particular the Oxford-AstraZeneca (Ox-AZ) vaccine. Some of the people who have contacted me have decided to forgo the vaccine and take their chances with COVID-19 and its potential sequelae.  I want to stress...

#MSCOVID19: cladribine is being unfairly tarnished with alemtuzumab’s brush

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ I think the North American MS community have made some mistakes with their COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, in particular, the NMSS COVID-19 vaccine guidelines for cladribine. In view of the immunology of cladribine’s mode of action and new data that is emerging, I would suggest the NMSS considers updating its guidelines.  Lemtrada and MavencladIf...

#MSCOVID19: Vaccine Q&A page is now live

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ Just to let you know that the I have answered all the reasonable questions that have come in via the COVID-19 decision aid. To keep it simple and to allow me to be more responsive I will simply update the online document every day or so. This is similar to what I did with the MS-Selfie Microsite I ran for at the beginning of the pandemic. Loading… Loading…...

#MSCOVID19: Vaccine Decision Aid ver. 2.0

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ Thank you for the feedback on my rough-and-ready decision aid. It is clear there is a need for it. I have spent a bit of time adding DMT-specific pages to the aid and added sections on ‘Which vaccine?’ and ‘Pregnancy’. I have also added a page with useful links. I have also set the sound to be on-demand rather than being automatic; so...

#MSCOVID19: What is vaccination?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ What is vaccination? A not so simple medical procedure. Vaccination is probably one of, if not, the most important scientific/medical inventions in modern history. We need to celebrate it for just that and appreciate the number of saved lives and improved quality of life it has brought to us as a species.  Now that we broadly know how the immune system...

#MSCOVID19: vaccine decision aid

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ Due to the number of emails and/or messages about the COVID-19 vaccines and MS I have been receiving I have put together a rough-and-ready decision aid to deal with the most common questions that have arisen so far. Please note this is a beta version using Google Slide’s technology. As questions come in I will update the decision aid. If you think it is...

#MSCOVID19: from the horse’s mouth

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ The horse’s mouth = the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) I have received several vexatious emails accusing me of subjecting my patients, and people with MS (pwMS) in general, to an experiment by recommending and promoting the COVID-19 vaccines. I want to remind the readers that we need to listen to experts. I was challenged that...

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